American Dreams

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 29, 2002 on NBC
9.3
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Meg Pryer's lifelong dream is to dance on the iconic 1960's television series, American Bandstand, and along with her adventurous confidante, Roxanne Bojarski, the 15-year-old's persistence pays off when they find themselves on camera, dancing amongst a variety of teen idols. While his younger sister realizes her dreams, J.J. Pryor, questions his own childhood ambitions as he struggles to decide between striving for a Notre Dame football scholarship and making a life-altering change. Family patriarch Jack Pryor, concerned with his children's defiant behavior as well as with wife Helen's influential new friends, watches his idealistic family buckle under the era's social challenges on the eve of the decade's watershed event.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Meg's dream was to get on a show called American Bandstand. Although after she was told not to go by her parents, she and a friend did and Meg was able to become a regular. she was excited until presidant Kennady was shot the whole world was devastated.moreless

    10
    I thought this was an excellent pilot to a TV seris. I really enjoyed this episode. I was very tearful at the end of the episode and I loved how they filmed it. I thought all the character were very good and they were well picked especially Brittany Snows performace, although I didn;t take to Patty as much as she does annoy me a little with her spelling all the time. What I also I liked about this programme is that it is so much like Hairspray, the TV show, Brittany Snow, The Sixties. I loved Hairspray and this TV show



    Well Done!moreless
  • A great start to a fantabulous show!

    9.5
    I've seen this episode so many times and each time it's so amazing.



    It circles around the Pryors, mainly Meg, who is dying to be on American Bandstand, even though her dad doesn't want her to. There's JJ who has quit football, much to his father's disapproval, and Patty who won't stop spelling things.



    Patty is hilarious in this episode, I love her spelling. The dinner time conversations are classic, and I love the fight scene between Mr. Pryor and JJ, I have it memorized. Then Mrs Pryor comforting him. It's all so touching. And of course the end, when JFK is shot. The whole thing gives me goose bumps. This is an amazing Pilot episode! Watch it!moreless
Gail O'Grady

Gail O'Grady

Helen Dolan Pryor

Tom Verica

Tom Verica

John "Jack" Pryor

Arlen Escarpeta

Arlen Escarpeta

Sam Walker

Virginia Madsen

Virginia Madsen

Rebecca Sandstrom [Ep. 1 - 14]

Brittany Snow

Brittany Snow

Margaret "Meg" Pryor

Vanessa Lengies

Vanessa Lengies

Roxanne Bojarski

Kwesi Ameyaw

Kwesi Ameyaw

Eddie

Guest Star

Donnelly Rhodes

Donnelly Rhodes

Father Haden

Guest Star

Brooke Theiss

Brooke Theiss

Barbara Gerson

Guest Star

Jesse Hutch

Jesse Hutch

Jimmy Riley

Recurring Role

Tony Alcantar

Tony Alcantar

Lewd Camera Guy

Recurring Role

Joey Lawrence

Joey Lawrence

Michael Brooks

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Jack refers to "Ara Parseghian and Notre Dame". However, the pilot is set in November of 1963 while Parseghian was hired by Notre Dame in December of that year.

    • Though the pilot depicts the timeline of American Bandstand in Philadelphia during November 1963. Bandstand had already left Philadelphia's WFIL TV Studio for Los Angeles by August 1963.

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (3)

    • The theme song for the show is "Generation" written and performed by Emerson Hart, lead singer of the band Tonic.

    • Songs w/Artists (in tonight's episode)
      * Uptight (Everything's Alright) - Stevie Wonder - 3-2/12/66
      * Heat Wave - Martha & the Vandellas - 4-9/21/63
      * The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) - Betty Everett - 6-4/11/64
      * Stay - The 4 Seasons - 16-4/04/64
      * Let's Dance - Benny Goodman - [not charted]
      * Turkey in the Straw - Bill Monroe - [not charted]
      * Everybody - Tommy Roe - 3-12/07/63 [Roy Ayers cover]
      * Don't Worry Baby - The Beach Boys - 24-7/04/64
      * He's So Fine - The Chiffons - 1-3/30/63
      * Dancing in the Street - Martha & the Vandellas - 2-10/17/64
      * It's All Right - Maurice Williams - [not charted]
      * Amazing Grace - John Newton - [not charted]

    • An article in Star Magazine claims that the show is based on former Bandstand dancer Fran Giordano.

  • ALLUSIONS (0)